British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson lays wreath to commemorate the Falklands conflict in Argentina

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 06:29 GMT, May 21, 2018 |

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson was in Buenos Aires on Sunday (May 20) where he paid homage to the Argentine soldiers who died in the conflict between Britain and Argentina at the memorial dedicated to them.

Johnson and Argentine Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie laid a wreath at the somber memorial to the 649 Argentine military servicemembers who died in the brief conflict.

Johnson is in town for a G20 foreign ministers meeting being held in the Argentine capital on Monday (May 21).

Argentina, which has claimed the South Atlantic islands since Britain established its rule in the 19th century, invaded them in 1982, sparking a two-month war that ended with Argentina’s defeat and withdrawal from the archipelago.

Argentina under President Mauricio Macri has pushed for closer ties with the UK but the issue of the Falklands is still a sticking point.

Both sides have sought common ground on fishing and flights to the British-held islands some 500 kilometres (310 miles) off Argentina’s coast 35 years after the brief war over their control.

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